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Theft Attorneys in Iowa City

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If you have been accused of a theft crime and are now wondering what lies ahead, Keegan, Tindal & Mason is here to help you understand the legal process. When you reach out to our Iowa City theft lawyers, we can begin by getting to know you and hearing your side of the story. Then we can help you understand your legal options and what to expect as your case progresses.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, we may be able to obtain a case dismissal prior to going to court. If this is not possible, our criminal defense attorneys can put their extensive trial experience to work for you and build a strong case on your behalf.

To begin your free consultation, call (319) 499-5524 now or contact Keegan, Tindal & Mason online.

Theft Charges in Iowa City

In Iowa, theft charges include offenses in which the defendant deprived another person of their property, or participated in the act in some way.

There are many types of theft, including:

  • Petty theft
  • Grand theft
  • Robbery
  • Armed robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Fraud
  • Shoplifting
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Writing bad checks
  • Car theft

Regardless of the particular theft charges, there are many factors that are involved in each case. With your freedom at stake, choosing the right law firm is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. A team of skilled criminal defense lawyers can challenge the evidence against you and work to get your charges reduced or even dismissed.

Misdemeanor vs. Felony Theft

A theft crime will be considered theft in the first degree (Class C felony) if at least one of the following is true:

  • the property that was allegedly stolen has a value of more than $10,000
  • the property was physically taken from another person
  • the property was taken from a building that had been damaged or destroyed in a riot, explosion, fire or physical disaster

A theft crime is theft in the second degree (Class D felony) if at least one of the following is true:

  • the property's value exceeds $1,000 and does not surpass $10,000
  • property is a motor vehicle and its value does not exceed $10,000

This crime does not include motorized bicycles when value is determined.

A theft crime will be considered theft in the third degree (aggravated misdemeanor) if at least one of the following is true:

  • the property's value surpassed $500 but does not exceed $1,000
  • if the property that does not surpass $500 in value and the alleged theft was perpetrated by someone who has been convicted two previous times of theft

If the property's value exceeds $200 and does not exceed $500, the crime is considered theft in the fourth degree , which is a serious misdemeanor. If the value of the property does not exceed $200, it is theft in the fifth degree, which is a simple misdemeanor.

Defending Against Theft Allegations

It is important to remember that just because you were charged with theft does not mean that you are guilty. In fact, you are innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  • The property did not belong to you
  • You had the intent to steal
  • You actually stole the property

There are many defenses that are available for defending against theft charges, and our lawyers are experienced in discovering and using the most effective strategies.

Get the Representation You Need

Whether you have been charged with a minor or a major theft offense, Keegan, Tindal & Mason has the knowledge and resources to fight to protect your rights. Do not wait another moment to seek the advocacy you require. The sooner you obtain qualified legal representation from our Iowa City theft attorneys, the sooner we can start building a solid defense on your behalf.

Call (319) 499-5524 today to discuss your case with a reliable legal team.

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  • Operating While Intoxicated Record Expunged

    Johnson OWCR106890. Attorney Dean Keegan's client received an Operating While Intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor. After reviewing the videos, Mr. Keegan filed a Motion to Suppress arguing the officer denied his client's right to make a phone call. The State declined to present testimony at the hearing and the Motion to Suppress was granted, making the client eligible for a deferred judgment. Mr. Keegan's client will have her record expunged and be able to obtain a license after 90 days instead of 180.

  • Drug Charge Charge Dismissed

    Johnson County No. OWCR039210, Iowa City, Iowa. Attorney J. Dean Keegan conducted a three-day long suppression hearing which presented the first challenge to the "Drug Recognition Protocols" used in Iowa.

  • Embezzlement No Criminal Charges Filed

    Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa. An employee of a Cedar Rapids business accused of embezzling six million dollars was not charged criminally after the County Attorney agreed to abide by an agreement negotiated by Attorneys J. Dean Keegan and Jerald Kinnamon in which the accused would pay two million dollars to the company.

  • Vehicular Homicide Charge Dismissed

    Johnson County No. FECR058630- Iowa City, Iowa. Attorneys J. Dean Keegan and Jerald W. Kinnamon successfully challenged the withdrawal of blood from a Defendant without his permission after a rollover accident in which a passenger in the vehicle was killed.

  • Vehicular Homicide Charge Dismissed

    Muscatine County No. FECR03718 - Muscatine, Iowa. If convicted of the vehicular homicide while intoxicated, as alleged in this case, the Defendant would have faced the possibility of a 25-year prison sentence, 17 years of which would have to be served before he would be eligible for parole. Following the depositions of the investigating officer and consultation with an accident reconstruction expert, Attorneys J. Dean Keegan and Jerry Kinnamon negotiated the dismissal of Vehicular Homicide as part of a plea

  • OWI Charge Dismissed

    Johnson County No. OWCR083001 - Iowa City, Iowa. Attorney J. Dean Keegan alleged that the Defendant's rights to contact a lawyer or family member may have been violated after his arrest. He requested video of the breath test from the arresting officer to support his allegation. When the officer failed to produce the video evidence in response written requests, a subpoena, and a Motion to Compel, the State conceded the issue and dismissed the offense.

  • OWI Acquittal at Jury Trial

    Johnson County No. OWCR077717- Iowa City, Iowa. Acquittal at jury trial of a defendant accused of Operating While Intoxicated who refused a breath alcohol test. Tried by Attorney J, Dean Keegan.

  • OWI Case Overturned

    State v. Hornik, Segura, et. al.Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa. When the state of Iowa established that the Datamaster breath testing machine could be used to test subjects being investigated for OWI, it failed to establish a protocol for its proper use. Attorney J. Dean Keegan, in conjunction with the Johnson County Public Defender's Office, mounted a challenge to the use of the machine based on the lack of uniform instructions for its operation.

  • Zero Tolerance Driver's License Revocation Zero Tolerance Driver's License Revocation Overt

    Iowa Dept. of Inspection and Appeals Docket No. 08DOTOW3937. Attorney J. Dean Keegan successfully challenged a "Zero Tolerance" license revocation on the basis that the officer had failed to allow the driver to contact a family member or attorney for legal advice before submitting to the test.

  • OWI 2nd Offense Charge Dismissed

    Muscatine County No. OWCR040280 - Muscatine, Iowa. After Attorney Dean Keegan scheduled the deposition of the State's expert witness in this case, he learned that the breath test was inappropriately administered by the arresting officer. The State dismissed the offense outright and agreed that the breath test result should be inadmissible so the Defendant would not face the proposed one-year administrative revocation of her driver's license.


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When you need an attorney, calling Dean Keegan, Attorney at Law, can be your first step toward taking back control of your situation and your life. Dean Keegan is the Founding Chair of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section. He has served on the Executive Board of the Iowa Association for Justice and is a member of the Nation College of DUI Defense and National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.